Bishop of Bath and Wells

Church Commissioners written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of Tessa Munt Tessa Munt Liberal Democrat, Wells

To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, what the reasons are for the Church Commissioners' decision to purchase alternative accommodation for the Bishop of Bath and Wells.

Photo of Tony Baldry Tony Baldry The Second Church Estates Commissioner

The Church Commissioners have always kept under review the suitability of its houses to meet the needs of a diocesan bishop and facilitate his mission. In the case of the Palace at Wells, the Commissioners concluded that more suitable arrangements could be made for the ministry and living conditions of the new Bishop if he were not to live in the Palace, which is operated by the Palace Trust as a visitor attraction. The Bishop and the Bishop of Taunton will continue to be based and work at the Palace.

The Commissioners are in the process of purchasing a residential property near Wells as an investment opportunity. This property could be used as a temporary home for the new Bishop while they work with him and the Diocese to identify a permanent property.

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